26 posts tagged "Christie’s"
Last year, Christie’s brought in $1.36 million with its annual Bid to Save the Earth live auction in New York, where attendees bid on airplane rides with Harrison Ford and a day with Bill Clinton. The auction house has equally exciting items and experiences lined up for this year’s April 11 gala (Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, and Susan and David Rockefeller are among the co-chairs), but ahead of the big event, Christie’s launches an online auction this morning, powered by Charitybuzz. Tea with model Elettra Wiedemann, a limited-edition reissued vintage Fendi Baguette handbag, and an afternoon of shopping with Simon Doonan (along with $2,500 to spend at Barneys) are all in the loot, but Style.com has its eye on the six bespoke Stella McCartney bags going up for auction today. McCartney, a dedicated green activist, teamed up with five artists to create one-of-a-kind bags for the auction. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the bags, featuring art by the likes of Mr. Brainwash (pictured, above), Bunta Inoue (pictured, below), and Peter Tunney, here. The bags will be for sale this morning through April 19 on Charitybuzz.com.
Lily Safra’s Jewelry Collection To Be Auctioned, Israel Cracks Down On Overly Thin Models, And More…
Socialite and philanthropist Lily Safra (pictured) is set to put her jewelry collection, which includes 18 JAR jewels that were custom-made for her, on auction at Christie’s Geneva in May. Of the collection, international head of Christie’s jewelry department François Curiel says, “Rare…comprising the very best in all styles, periods, and makers, from the late eighteenth century all the way to modern times. It includes also the largest group of creations by JAR ever to be offered at auction.” [WWD]
Israel has imposed a new law banning extremely thin models from appearing in local ad campaigns in an effort to stop the spread of eating disorders. The law, which was passed yesterday, also mandates that publications say when an altered image is being used. [Huff Po]
The CFDA and eBay’s latest collection of custom “You Can’t Fake Fashion” totes by the likes of Tory Burch and Rachel Roy went up for sale on eBay this morning. In addition to the 76 designer totes, there are four standard styles for sale as well. [Racked]
Jason Wu has revealed that he learned English through reading fashion magazines. Wu, who moved from Taiwan to Canada when he was a kid, tells British Vogue, “I liked the pretty pictures. I just wanted to read more about what I was seeing.” [Vogue U.K.]
“I went to see the collection three nights ago and was literally slack-jawed the whole way through,” Coco Rocha told Style.com at Christie’s New York last night before bidding on Elizabeth Taylor’s couture collection kicked off. “I love the fact that pieces were not hand-picked by some stylist for her—this was her personal taste, her collection.”
For that reason, the auction has garnered an unrivaled interest from bidders around the world—people want to own a part of the legendary Liz. After Tuesday night’s jewelry auction, which brought in a record-breaking $115 million, the mood in the auction room on the second floor was tense last night in anticipation of how the Versace bolero jackets and Dior gowns would sell. They did not disappoint—sales of the couture clothes soared to a total of $2.6 million last night.
Minutes after 7 p.m., Christie’s Los Angeles president Andrea Fiuczynski took her place on the stand and readied her gavel, despite the relatively empty auction room (for the most part, buyers were bidding on the phone and online). After Christie’s CEO Marc Porter made the surprise announcement that the famed Irene Sharaff yellow silk chiffon wedding dress from Taylor’s first marriage to Richard Burton is being donated to a major American museum (the specific one has not been revealed), bidding began.
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Madonna’s New Album Deal, The New Frat Of Flatiron, Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewel Collections Breaks Records, And More…
Madonna might be busy promoting her new directorial effort, W.E., but that doesn’t mean her music career is behind her. Madge has a new three-album deal with Universal Music Group’s Interscope at a base of $1 million per album. [Page Six]
Should a collar always be popped? The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica headed to the new Brooks Brothers Flatiron store (a.k.a. frat row) to find his answer: “pop, pop, pop.” [NYT]
Elizabeth Taylor’s enviable jewelry collection raked in a record $115 million at last night’s Christie’s auction. The infamous 33-carat diamond ring alone sold for more than $8.8 million (originally it was estimated to sell for $2 million or $3 million). [Huff Po]
The royal couple is bound for the South Pacific next year. To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, William and Kate are set for a tour through Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu on the Queen’s behalf. [WWD]
“I wanted to share my collection with others so they could get a glimpse of the joys, the thrills, and the pure happiness that these beautiful creations have given me,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. It’s a line that now covers one of the purple walls at Christie’s New York, where the Hollywood legend’s jewels, clothes, handbags, and artwork have arrived after a two-month-long world tour. There’s the expected bling and baubles, most notably the Cartier Taj Mahal diamond (bidding to begin at $300,000), the 33.19-carat diamond ring Richard Burton bought her in 1968 (they were married—for the first time—in 1964), and the ruby necklace, bracelet, and earring set given to her by Mike Todd that she famously wore for laps in the pool.
But the famous jewels are only part of the story. “No one knew she had this enormous collection of clothing,” said Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie’s curator for the Taylor fashion auction, during a private preview and luncheon of the exhibition this afternoon, co-hosted by Christie’s chairman Marc Porter and Orianne Collins. “We knew she would run around in caftans—we didn’t know Ms. Taylor was buying serious fashion for over 50 years. And when I say serious, I mean couture.”
Of course, there’s a chorus line of Taylor’s infamous Thea Porter caftans on display, but other highlights in the multi-floor exhibition are the evening bolero jackets by Gianni Versace (“some of the best things Versace ever did,” according to Etherington-Smith), Taylor’s Louis Vuitton luggage collection with lavender name tags (they read MINE), her red velvet Valentino evening gown (they were great friends), and her incredible collection of Dior evening dresses. “There’s the last Dior dress with red bugle beads that was designed for Taylor by John Galliano in 2010, and it comes with a wonderful letter explaining that no, it won’t be transparent when you wear it,” said Etherington-Smith. “At that point, she was confined to a wheelchair but she could still order up a mean Dior.”
Taylor, say the Christie’s team, was a collector and curator as much as a fashion plate. “This is about connoisseurship and collecting, not consumption,” Porter told Style.com. “To learn that she was one of the most refined collectors of our time was an absolute revelation.”
The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition runs December 3-12, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, $30 admission. Online auction runs December 3-16.